Thirty years ago, Placencia was just a quiet fishing village.

Today this popular tourist destination retains its quaint charm while offering first class accommodations and attractions. There are only a few docks extending from the peninsula, creating uninterrupted views of the Caribbean Sea and the perfect playground for water sports like windsurfing and kite boarding. The islands off Placencia are among the prettiest in Belize. Below the surface, diving enthusiasts will discover coral forests, schools of colorful fish and the biggest of them all, the whale shark. Fly fishermen stalk the picky permit on the flats in their grand slam bids while kayakers paddle from one post card to the next. For a more leisurely island hopping experience, climb aboard a catamaran, complete with a captain and catering staff. From the village, inland adventure seekers can take a fifteen minute boat ride across the Placencia lagoon to explore the rainforest on foot or on river tubes and relax beneath cascading waterfalls.

Placencia made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world’s narrowest street, which the locals have dubbed “the sidewalk”. When the paved Placencia highway enters the village, it becomes the “back road”. The Placencia peninsula is approximately sixteen miles long and is home to three communities: Maya Beach, Seine Bight and Placencia Village. The peninsula is very narrow with the eastern beach and western lagoon separated by little more than the highway in some spots. Accommodations here range from the best in eco-luxury to beachfront cabanas to seaside houses and apartments. In Placencia, you might just set a world record of your own…most authentic adventures.
How to get here
Local carriers Maya Island Air and Tropic Air make scheduled flights several times a day from the PGIA and municipal airport. Buses also run regularly. By renting a car, you get to enjoy the picturesque Belizean landscape at your own pace.
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